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Archive Monthly Archives: December 2016

How to make your own covers

Don’t make your own covers!

Unless you know how to do it, and how to make them look professional.

I love my cover artist, but to be honest, once in a while I just want some fast covers for experimenting with books. I’ve been using Photoshop so far, but I just made two discoveries that will allow me to make better covers, faster.

You can follow in my footsteps. It’s only two steps, and this is what I did:

  1. Get Corel PaintShop Pro X9 here today for only $39.99. This is an incredible deal. I bought straight away, and I love the creativity PaintShop Pro offers: https://goo.gl/bDcks1
  2. Get this awesome Udemy course January 1st for only $10. I love the way he explains clearly every step of what you need to learn to use creative compositing with PaintShop Pro: https://goo.gl/69u6uF

Why one today and another in two days?

Because the offer to save 50% on PaintShop Pro is only valid for a few days.

And you can buy the Udemy course today, of course. It will cost you $12, which is an awesome deal, but it gets better in two days. All day, January 1st PST time, you can get it and all other Udemy courses for only $10.

You can see all the courses here and search for what you want – but don’t do it until the first: https://goo.gl/yiGpx9

What’s so awesome about politicians?

Don’t you just love Clinton, Trump and Obama?


You should, actually. As a fiction writer you should appreciate politicians and strong, charismatic leaders like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and even Seth Godin.


Because they evoke strong emotions. All of them. Very few people can stay indifferent, when they read a quote by Trump, Obama or Clinton. They will either love it or hate it. There are almost no grey areas here.

And isn’t that exactly your job as a writer? To evoke strong emotions?

One of the members of my Kindle Mastermind group, Christopher Pendergraft, has written a book in which he shows you how to use real persons as a basis for characters in your book. He’s also giving an in-depth analysis of politicians such as Obama, Trump and Hillary Clinton, and businessmen like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and others.

Armed with the knowledge of HOW to use real persons, combined with this in-depth knowledge about those real persons, you can come up with strong personalities for your books, whether they are about billionaire hotties, dark villains, or horrible monsters.

Take a look at Writing REAL Characters here http://malka.im/realcharsvol1

Help thy neighbor with his New Year’s Resolutions

Christmas is over. We still celebrate Hanukkah, and people are thinking a lot about 2017.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?

I don’t. But I’ve planned what I’ll be doing for myself and my business in 2017.

Even people who don’t make resolutions, will often have plans for the future. Why not help them succeed?

You could help a lot of people and make money by publishing a book in the popular self-esteem niche. I’ve made it easier for you to write your book with my Done-for-You Self-Esteem Research.

Grab it here and help thy neighbor: http://malka.biz/dfy-self-esteem-research/

Is a novel among your New Year’s Resolutions?

Around New Year, a lot of people decide that THIS year, they are going to do it!

They will finally write the novel they’ve always dreamed about.

How about you? Is writing a novel among your goals? And would you like to do it in the near future and not six years from now?

Then take a look at this product. It’s the result of an interview I did with Lynn Johnston, prize-winning fiction writer and writing coach. We made it before NaNoWriMo, but it’s valid any time of year.

Get it now and write your novel in 2017: http://malka.biz/finish-your-novel-in-30-days/

Gone after this week

Happy Holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re considering writing non-fiction in the popular “short reads” category, then this will interest you.

One of my students wrote three books in three weeks following this method. Another one finished her first book ever!

However, I’ve decided to remove the book from the market again on January 1st, so this is your last chance to get it.

You can learn more at http://malka.biz/7-day-book/

My favorite Udemy courses for only $10 now

Happy Holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

If you like to save money (I love it) then you should consider buying Udemy courses now.

The price is as far down as it can get: Only $10 when you use the coupon code BOXINGUDEMY

Here are some of my favorites, which I highly recommend:

Punch Them In The Gut: Writing Fiction with Emotional Impact (Clark Chamberlain): https://goo.gl/AkRi3V

How to Find Easy Markets to Publish and Profit From (Geoff Shaw): https://goo.gl/kGn2KD

How to Succeed with Kindle Short Reads (Geoff Shaw): https://goo.gl/hsFsJE

Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books (Geoff Shaw):https://goo.gl/sdV1rD

Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction 2: The Next Level (Geoff Shaw): https://goo.gl/34hfuC (Section 1, lesson 4 really spoke to me when he addressed the problem of us writers fearing writing a boring story.)

Follow the links to check out the courses. There will be free lessons you can check before you decide.

This is where you add the coupon code:



Self-help short reads

While some people devour a couple of sweet romances for breakfast, others eat a healthy meal consisting of self-help advice.

Yes, short reads are not only fiction. For sure!

One of the popular short reads categories is the self-help one.

Combine that with what Paul has figured out and shares for a few more days, and you could be writing short books and making money with them.

Get all the details here http://malka.im/mrtb

Dabbling with fiction?

There’s a hard way to do that, and an easy and fun way.

The hard way is trying to write the epic novel as your debut with fiction.

That way is almost bound for failure and years of struggle.

And then there’s the fun, fast and cool way by writing short stories.

Short reads are so popular on Amazon that they’ve devoted a category for them ๐Ÿ™‚

Paul Coleman writes short reads, and he’s found a method to pick the right story to write and almost have readers telling him how to write it.

That landed him top rankings for his latest book.

Paul is sharing how he did it, and it’s very easy to follow in his footsteps.

Get all the details here: http://malka.im/mrtb

Why short books are the key

Are you the kind of person who hates wasting time?

I know I am. Back when I had a job, waiting for a delayed train made me go crazy. And now that I’m writing full time, I’m the same.

If I write a book, I don’t want to waste months of writing only to discover that the book doesn’t sell.

There’s a solution to that problem: Short books. And we’re in luck, because readers love short books. They love them so much that Amazon has devoted a whole category with subcategories to what they call “short reads”.

Let me paraphrase that title: “short reads” means “quick writes”.

Lovely, right?

  • You can write a “short read” fast. It’s possible to do it in one day.
  • You can test the waters with your “short read”. If it’s popular, you can make a whole series or expand your book.
  • Readers love “short reads”. They buy them on their phone and read them on their phone. It has to be short to work.
  • You’re going to love “short reads” when I tell you how successful they can be.

One of my friends, Paul Coleman, not only helps writers to succeed. He’s also writing his own books, and he tests his theories in-depth before he releases his research.

Recently, he made it to the top with a short read. I’ll give you a link to proof a bit further down. Ranking that well means several hundreds of dollars per day in royalties.

I’ve been through his guide twice now, and it’s definitely something you should devour like a piece of luxury chocolate: Read it through once. Get the overview.

Then dive down into the book a second time. This time follow the step-by-step guidelines.

One of the charms about this blueprint is that it’s not an overwhelming task. You’re not asked to write an epic historic novel. Your only job is to write 30-36 pages. Anyone can do that.

Get all the details here http://malka.im/mrtb

Kick off 2017 as a published writer

You know it will be awkward at first, and you’ll make lots of mistakes.

No, I’m not talking about writing a book. But about remembering to write “2017” in dates, and you’ll be doing that less than two weeks from now. Can you imagine that? I think it was only yesterday that we began writing 2016. Oh, well…

Back to writing: I wrote my first published nonfiction book in 1998. It was about the brand-new operating system Windows 98 ๐Ÿ˜€ And it took me months to write, mostly due to procrastination and self-doubt.

It taught me one important thing, though: The first book is the hardest. After you’ve written it, you know you can do it, and that certainty makes it easier to continue to write.

In “Write, Publish and Have Fun: 7-Day Book Blueprint” I remove the normal roadblocks that are hindering you from becoming a published author.

Imagine how it would feel to finally see your book published on Amazon.

Imagine making an income from that book, and knowing in your heart that you can do it! And that you’ll do it again.

Click here to kick off 2017 as a published writer http://malka.biz/7-day-book/

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